Google's Free Wi-Fi at Railway Stations

During his first visit to India, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has announced that the company is going to provide free and high-speed Wi-Fi access to railway commuters at over 400 stations in India. Google has partnered with Railtel Corporation to make this project a reality. 

Mumbai Central will be the first railway station to get free Wi-Fi under this project, which may go live by January, 2016. Google says that over 100 railway stations will become Wi-Fi enabled railway zones in India by the end of 2016. Google is striving to make the project a reality.

Railtel owns a Pan-India optic fiber network exclusively on railway track. It has laid out over 45,000 kms of optic fibre networks across the country, which Google will utilize for its Wi-Fi.
Therefore, Railtel will be the ISP, while Google will provide the Wireless Area Networks (WAN) and will set-up the Wi-Fi access points at platforms. You must know that Google’s free WiFi will only work at the platforms, not in the trains.

Google says that the users who watch videos on the railway Wi-Fi network will get at least HD standard streaming. Google will also aim to maintain speed, efficiency across a board of devices.


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